Stop us if you've heard this before: There's turmoil on the set of Today.
This time, however, the wrath of many staffers is not aimed at Matt Lauer, but rather at the prospect of Katie Couric temporarily returning to co-anchor the morning show that made her famous.
As previously reported, the NBC program is considering re-hiring Couric this summer after Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave.
"Asking her to fill in for Savannah is really a disservice to [Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall],” an insider tells Radar, explaining why blasting to the show’s past could backfire:
"You already have two seasoned pros that are a part of the show, ready, willing and able to step up for Savannah."
This source goes on to say that the return of Couric would be a "step backward" for Today.
"If the intent is to attempt to recapture the ratings glory that prevailed when Katie and Meredith were on board, it’s not going to work. If anything, it will just remind viewers how far the show has fallen since that time."
After years of dominating the competition, Today now sits well behind Good Morning America in the ratings game.
Folks adore Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos - and the same can't exactly be said for Lauer.
"The network just doesn’t seem to understand that the show has no chance of being number one with Matt Lauer as part of the show, period," Radar writes.
So, what should producers do when Guthrie leaves for a few months?
Today weekend co-hosts Ericka Hill and Jenna Wolfe could also be utilized,” the source noted. “Why waste the money when there is already so much talent available that are already getting paid?"
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